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Oral cancer is often found because a person notices unusual changes in their mouth. You can check your mouth for early signs of oral cancer. All you need to do is look at your mouth in a mirror. Look for:
A sore on your lip or in your mouth that won’t heal
A lump on your lip, in your mouth, or in your throat
A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of your mouth
Unusual bleeding, pain, or numbness in your mouth
A feeling of something caught in your throat
Trouble chewing or swallowing
Pain when you chew or swallow
A sore throat that doesn’t go away
Swelling around your jaw
Loose or painful teeth
A lump, swelling, or mass in your neck that doesn’t go away
Weight loss that is unexpected
A change in your voice
A pain in your ear
Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it's important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer. Tell your doctor or dentist right away about any problems you have in your mouth or throat.
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